House committees are considering bills to loosen regulations on wine containers and craft distilleries and allow college athletes to be compensated for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Senators will consider repealing the Best and Brightest bonus program for teachers and create early release programs for elderly and seriously ill inmates.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear arguments over the implementation of Amendment 4, which restored voting rights for former felons.
— LGBTQ advocates visit The Capitol to speak out against a spate of legislation they say is blatantly discriminatory.
— A teachers’ association leader says she believes a measure sponsored by Republican State Rep. Jamie Grant is meant to cripple labor unions.
— The Florida Coalition for Children is highlighting a study that shows Florida is in the Top 10 best-performing states for caring for children in foster care.
— Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri talks about something new: The Florida Sheriffs Research Institute. Law enforcement is creating its own think tank to push back on some of the criminal justice reforms under consideration in the legislature
— A Florida woman is accused of misusing the 9-1-1 system by calling and texting to complain about her husband. Police say 69-year-old Sylvia Shumaker of Largo contacted 9-1-1 several times to ask for things like a counselor and how to file for divorce. When officers arrived at her home, they say she was highly intoxicated. Shumaker was charged with misuse of the 9-1-1 system.